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What are these hooks on Amsterdam's buildings?

In the old days they were used to lift goods to the higher floors which were storing areas. These days they are used in moving house, still used in these days with mechanical lifts which moving ...
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How do I get a hotel room in the centre when everything is sold out (and more expensive) because of a big event?

It sounds like you're not going to find an inexpensive private room in the city center. Hotels don't have any reason to conceal their availability; if you're not seeing things on the normal booking ...
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Smoking weed in Amsterdam as a tourist

What the law currently says is that "coffee shops" are only allowed to sell cannabis to people residing in the Netherlands (ingezetenencriterium) and can check that by asking a proof of registration ...
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How to get to Schiphol Airport at 5am using public transport from Amsterdam?

There are hourly trains from Amsterdam Centraal station to Schiphol all night long, every day of the week. Alternatively, http://9292.nl/en# is the public transport journey planner for Netherlands, ...
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What are these hooks on Amsterdam's buildings?

In addition to Willeke's answer, http://shadowsofaforgottenworld.blogspot.com/2016/06/hoisting-beams-in-amsterdam.html?m=1 mentions that these lifting hooks aka hoisting beams were an indirect ...
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Transit in Amsterdam for 10 hours, do I have time to visit the city for sightseeing?

Yes, it is possible for you to leave the airport in Amsterdam. You will clear Schengen immigration controls there, whereby your passport will be stamped. After that, there will be nothing preventing ...
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Can a single 'OV-chipkaart' be used for multiple people from Eindhoven to Amsterdam, and then locally in Amsterdam?

You can get anonymous OV-chip cards as well as ones that are bound to a person, with a name and a picture on it. Both kinds can only be used for one person at the time, the anonymous ones can be used ...
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Applying for a Schengen visa from Sri Lanka

You're going to have trouble. The hotel reservation is not a problem -- if everything else checks out, all that is needed is that you have a concrete and realistic idea of where you're going to sleep ...
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My friends and I are going to Amsterdam, what can we bring back?

Nothing. You can't bring any drug with you, even if it is sold as tea bags, cakes, biscuits, or whatever.. Moreover, since you are in a group of young men coming back from Amsterdam, there is a ...
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What is the incidence of lost luggage in Amsterdam Airport?

I cannot imagine 10% of luggage ever misconnected in AMS. This just seems sooooo much higher than anywhere else. Moreover, it would imply that KLM as the major user of the airport would have a rate ...
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Enter Van Gogh Museum restaurant

I had a quick look at the van Gogh Museum website, found a link to the restaurant and it says The café is open daily during museum opening hours and can only be accessed via the museum From that I ...
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How do I get a hotel room in the centre when everything is sold out (and more expensive) because of a big event?

While the chances of success are low, you can sometimes get impossible-seeming bookings by knowing when the cancellation periods are for people with bookings to cancel without penalty. If the hotel ...
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Is it allowed in Amsterdam to give a ride on bicycle to another person

Most people in the Netherlands think it is common to see two people on a single bike, and when kids are involved even three or more. The back rack has to be the sturdy kind but many or even most ...
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Going to Amsterdam tomorrow. Two months left on passport

This is very much a long shot, but it might be possible. See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/get-fast.html It used to be the case that same- or next-day service was available to ...
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Can I take an earlier Thalys train from Schiphol when travelling on a KLM flight-train ticket?

I have now made the trip and can therefore answer my own question. Yes, they do let you take the earlier Thalys train, but you will not have a seat reservation, so the trip may be less comfortable. ...
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Which airport in Amsterdam is AMS

AMS is Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. It's called Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Search engines usually let you search either by the airport name directly, or by the city. The airport name is sometimes ...
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Connecting flight via Amsterdam to Peru

In normal circumstances, with the two flights on the same ticket, this would be perfectly fine. You're coming from the UK, which is not part of the Schengen Area, and heading to Peru, which is not ...
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Are Schiphol airport hotels noisy?

I suggest checking multiple reviews for any hotels you are considering. Good soundproofing is a key feature for modern airport hotels. If guests could not sleep because of noise it would be a very ...
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Amsterdam Centraal or Sloterdijk station area?

It's quite easy to travel between Amsterdam Centraal and Amsterdam Sloterdijk. Trains are frequent and the trip is about 6 or 7 minutes. The base fare is €2.30. The travel time to Brussels is ...
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Transportation in Netherlands: to and around Amsterdam

It would depend on where exactly you need to be in those places. But if staying in a hotel near Amsterdam Central Station is a must, it would probably make sense to use public transport. The public ...
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55 mins OSL-AMS-UK enough?

Do you think I have enough time. KLM thinks it's enough time, otherwise they wouldn't have sold you the ticket. A connection is never guaranteed but you have a very good chance of making it. If you ...
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How do I get a hotel room in the centre when everything is sold out (and more expensive) because of a big event?

You can search on hotels and check their own sites, but I fear you left it too late. Usually I would advise to go to one of the other Dutch cities but this event is country wide and all cheap hotel ...
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Schiphol transit from EU inbound flight to Canada

Flying from Sweden to the UK via Amsterdam on a single ticket (i.e same airline) everything happens inside the airport. Since your parents are elderly, perhaps they could sign up for 'special ...
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Are Schiphol airport hotels noisy?

In April 2013 I stayed at the Schiphol Airport Sheraton, which is attached to the main terminal building and an easy walk to check in and the gates. I was in a mid-level room. It was very very quiet ...
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Will Immigration be done at first point in Schengen or at end destination?

Immigration and visas are handled at the level of the Schengen Area, not the EU. The Schengen Area covers most of the EU, but some EU countries are not in Schengen (such as Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria.....
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Are MasterCard and Visa accepted by Amsterdam taxis?

I'm not sure about paying the driver directly, but at least TCA and Staxi have an app that supports credit card (and PayPal). https://www.tcataxi.nl/en/tca-app/ https://www.staxi.nl/en/faq/ This one ...
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Are MasterCard and Visa accepted by Amsterdam taxis?

It's a statistical sample of one, but on January 1st 2020, I paid for a taxi from Schiphol to the Amsterdam Marriott with a Visa, and again the next day in the other direction. Apropos of nothing, the ...
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